Photos and story by Jon Miller
Glenn’s new museum exhibit is absurd. It’s incredible, but absolutely absurd.
It’s over-the-top, fascinating, dramatic, and jaw dropping all at the same time. It’s everything you’d want from an exhibit done by Glenn and David Barton.
The big question is where did they get all this?
Only in a bizarre alternate universe does all this stuff find itself together in one room at a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
So one might say it was just meant to be this way. I don’t know. What I do know is that I saw the “final” list of approved items before I left for Salt Lake. And what I saw on Monday at the museum had zero resemblance to that list. It was at least three times the size of the original list (already worth $35 million.) And every five minutes, another item would surface:
“Oh look Glenn… did you see this? It’s a letter from Dr. King… the last one he wrote before he was shot…should we use it?”
“Well we can’t leave it out… let’s put it next to the signed photograph of Rosa Parks and above that letter Malcolm X wrote.”
The team working on the museum has worked tirelessly to display all the items beautifully, telling a terrific story of history about the good, the bad, and the ugly, and how the birth America changed the world.
But it definitely didn’t look that way on Monday.
Unpacking it was a mess. It was a scene that would have given any museum curator a stroke and killed him.
Everyone was running around screaming, trying to get everything together before the first museum visitors came…while at the same time trying not to step on George Washington’s hair…or the flag used by the Confederacy when they surrendered the Civil War…Someone almost crushed Abraham Lincoln’s hat while trying to take a five minute break sitting down (which would have been of course in his senate chair too).
Try to picture unpacking a new home except replace all your junk mail with letters from MLK, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Walt Disney….
Replace all your old dusty clothes with Redcoat uniforms from the Revolutionary War, Marcus Luttrell’s actual SEAL uniform…your out-of-style hats with a real hat worn by the Pilgrims…
Replace all your old dusty books and magazines with Marie Antoinette’s own bible, a Geneva Bible from 1590, another Bible that came over to America with Bradford on the Mayflower, a signed copy of Hitler’s Mein Kampf, and a first edition copy of Common Sense (and not Glenn’s version but the original one Thomas Paine wrote…)
Lastly replace your old furniture with Abe Lincoln’s desk and Joseph Smith’s furniture.
That’s what Monday looked like.
But the “Independence Through History” exhibit is so amazing not because it has better stuff than all the others (which it likely does) but because it’s so unconventional and actually makes history interesting.
The first thing you’ll see when you walk in is a marble bust of Glenn himself.
But of course this bust moves and talks just like the ones on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland.
Glenn (the statue) whines about an itch that’s bugging him and how he can’t scratch it because he doesn’t have any arms.
Then he starts to talk about the real reason for building this museum, and why it’s different than any other you’ll see:
“History is really boring,” the Glenn-bust says dryly.
As a kid, nothing’s worse than when your parents take you to a museum. But he explains this needs to change if we want to save our country’s future. People need to actually see and experience all the real stuff so you can learn the real story of America.
This exhibit tells the story of why—for thousands of years—men only kindled fire by candle, but then America came along, and BOOM man created electricity, and cars, and airplanes, computers, and iPhones.
Why did this happen after America was born? What makes America different?
To really learn the answer, you’ll have to see the exhibit. But for fun, I’ve included a list of items that DIDN’T make the “final cut.”
These were just sitting on a luggage cart behind some curtains. So I asked a security guard if I could go look through them. He said yes, so I went through them and took some photos:
Among these items:
1. A bloodstained piece of leather from the limo John F. Kennedy was shot in
2. A sign that read “Drinking Fountain: White/Colored” with arrows pointing in opposite directions.
6. A strand of Abraham Lincoln’s hair
Photos and story by Paige Perry
One of the perks to working at TheBlaze is that everyone does a little bit of everything. I was even told that when I was interviewed for the job, and they weren’t kidding. I produce for Glenn’s TV program but one of my other passions is photography. Events like Man in the Moon give me a chance to utilize both skills to document Glenn, the crew, and the audience.
Since this week has started, there has been a constant buzz of excitement and awe of how this has all come together. You can see it in Glenn’s face. Capturing the events of this week makes it clear that Glenn has had this on his mind for a while. This story is one that travels fast but ends openly for you to finish. To bring it to life, Glenn and Ben McPherson, the director of the show, put in an incredible amount of work. Not to mention, of course, all of the crew at ADL.
Last night we watched the first dress rehearsal, and before it began Glenn and Ben sat on the lawn going over last minute details. Glenn was so excited to get started. And once I got to see the show, I knew why. Everything fell into place and I definitely shed a tear or two. Guys, this show is everything anyone could ever want in a performance, and you leave feeling like you can conquer the world…well maybe after a good night’s sleep first.
It’s amazing to see how this has come full circle since the mentions of Man in the Moon first began. My first day working at TheBlaze was the weekend after Restoring Love, making Man in the Moon my first “Glenn event”. Glenn talks about it with so much fervor that it just rubs off onto other people, in the best possible way. I may not have a good idea of where Glenn and this company have been, but I now know where we are going. And folks, it’s going to get real good.
I’ll see you all Saturday on the moon!
by J.P. Decker
I just got back from watching about 80% of Man in the Moon and all I can say is WOW!
Tonight I saw Walt Disney looking down and smiling, saying, “Creativity and imagination are back”.
Man in the Moon is more than a Glenn Beck Production, it’s bigger than you and me and Glenn. Watching everything come together tonight was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had in my life.
I was sitting next to Raj Nair(Liberty Tree House) and when it all began both our mouths dropped and we just couldn’t take our eyes off of what was happening. As the show went on we both would just look at each other with awe and just shake our heads out of amazement.
I can say with all honesty that this will change lives, this will change your perspective on this country, this will help America to remember where she came from and remember that we are so much more than just a citizen of some country, we are citizens of the greatest country where dreams truly can come true but only if you’re willing to step-up and stand for what is right, and stand for one another.